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Here you will find frequently asked questions with answers regarding our MPH@GW and HealthInformatics@GW programs, the admissions process, and funding your tuition.

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MPH@GW

General Questions About MPH@GW

Questions About MPH@GW Admissions

Questions About Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

The FAFSA

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct PLUS Loans

Military Benefits

GW Financial Aid

General Questions About MPH@GW

How is MPH@GW different from other MPH programs offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University?

MPH@GW is an online program, which means that students can attend the program from anywhere in the world.

How is this program like the residential MPH programs offered by GW?

The MPH@GW has the same selective admissions criteria as that of the on-campus programs. MPH@GW leverages the same world-class, full-time faculty who teach other GW degree programs, and the subject matter is based on the curriculum delivered on campus. Students in the program enjoy the benefits of being a GW graduate student, including access to library resources, student services, career services and a global network of well-connected and successful GW alumni. Graduates earn the same prestigious GW degree as graduates of our traditional, full-time MPH programs and are able to participate in GW’s on-campus commencement.

Who will my classmates be?

The MPH@GW cohorts will be selected from a pool of recent graduates and professionals with diverse educational and professional backgrounds from the United States and around the world. Your MPH@GW classmates may be professionals already working in the field or students who have recently completed their bachelor’s degrees.

We look for candidates with strong professional and academic backgrounds who can thrive in GW’s collaborative online environment. We apply the same rigorous admissions standards that we require of our on-campus programs.

Are there any required campus visits?

There are no required campus visits. However, as members of the George Washington University family, MPH@GW graduates are welcome to participate in the on-campus commencement ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Students also have the unique opportunity to coordinate with the university and a partner organization to participate in a field practicum in a location of their choosing.

When will classes begin?

This is different for each cohort. Please refer to the Applying to MPH@GW chart to see scheduled program start dates.

2016 cohort start dates are: January, April, July and September.

How long will it take to complete the MPH@GW?

Full-time MPH@GW students can complete the program in as little as one year. Part-time MPH@GW students have up to four years to complete the degree. Please speak with an Admissions Counselor on what track is best for you.

Is MPH@GW delivered completely online?

All class sessions and coursework will be completed online. Real-world practicum experience is a critical component of the MPH@GW curriculum and can be completed at a site in your community or around the world.

Will my course schedule be flexible?

You will be required to attend weekly, live, online classes, and you will complete coursework and assignments when your schedule allows, by specified deadlines.

What is the program’s curriculum?

MPH@GW emphasizes local, national and global health practice. You can tailor your coursework to focus on community-level, national or global interests in the U.S. and countries around the world. You can choose to focus your elective courses on health communication, health policy, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, global health or program planning and evaluation, or you may choose from a broader selection of electives to build expertise across all areas of public health.

What can I expect from my courses?

Each course is designed and delivered by full-time GW faculty and requires:

  • Preparation outside of class, including group work and assignments that may include readings, projects and papers.
  • Attendance in weekly, live classes, which may include discussions, role-plays and breakout groups.

How much time should I expect to be in class?

The MPH@GW academic year is broken into four 10-week modules. All classes meet for 10 full weeks, and you should expect to spend about 80 minutes in each live class session per week. Students should also expect to dedicate time to studying, preparation and completing self-paced coursework outside of the live sessions.

What is the field practicum?

The 120-hour field practicum is selected in conjunction with a GW faculty advisor and a sponsoring organization. You can choose to complete your practicum in your own community or in any city around the world. This is a planned, supervised, evaluated “course in the field” that applies practical experience to your classroom learning. Through your practicum experience, you will benefit from a unique opportunity to contribute to a community’s resources and to the solution of public health problems as you develop practical skills and personal confidence as a public health professional.

What type of career support can I expect as an MPH@GW student?

You will have access to the Milken Institute Student and Alumni Career Advising group, who offer a range of services and resources to aid students. Some of these services include guidance on job search strategies, resume review and mock interviews. You will have access to an extensive jobs database and the GW Career Advisor Network, an online directory of GW alumni who offer career strategy assistance to other alumni and current students.

Will my diploma denote that I took classes online?

Your diploma will not state that you took classes in an online format, and as a member of the prestigious George Washington University family, you will be invited to participate in GW’s on-campus commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Is the MPH@GW program accredited?

Yes, both the MPH@GW program and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University have received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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Questions About MPH@GW Admissions

What are the requirements for admission?

To be considered for admission, applicants should have a strong academic background and must hold, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or an international institution that is accredited by the country’s ministry of education or comparable governmental agency.

What is required for the application?

For your MPH@GW application to be considered complete, you must submit the following:

  • The MPH@GW online application
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions of undergraduate, graduate and professional study
  • Official and valid GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT scores (Applicants who hold a master’s degree may be exempt from this requirement.)
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts
  • Official and valid TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers
  • Certified English evaluation of all international transcripts, even if the transcript is in English (Recommended service: World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Application fee

Is work experience required?

Work experience is not required but is helpful in the program.

Is an undergraduate degree required?

Yes, you must hold a bachelor’s degree. International candidates must have a college-level education equivalent to a U.S. undergraduate or baccalaureate degree (the same as a first university degree). Generally this is a four-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer three-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor’s degree upon completion of a three-year undergraduate program, you are eligible to apply to our program.

Do I have to take a graduate exam to apply to MPH@GW?

MPH@GW applicants are required to submit official scores for the GRE, MCAT, GMAT or LSAT. If you already hold a master’s degree or professional degree, you may receive a waiver for this requirement. International applicants are not eligible for this waiver.

How do I sign up to take the GRE?

You can find more information about signing up for the GRE here . We encourage you to take advantage of a partnership between MPH@GW and Manhattan Prep, the nation’s leading GRE preparation service, that provides MPH@GW applicants a 15% discount on test prep services. Learn more about the Manhattan Prep partnership here.

Is an interview required?

No, there is no interview requirement.

Are there any prerequisite courses?

No, there are no prerequisites.

Do you accept transfer credits?

Yes. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is 12 credits taken at a graduate level. Restrictions include:

  • Grade must be a B or better
  • The course must have been completed in the last three years
  • The course may not have counted toward any other degree program.

If you have further questions, please speak to your Admissions Counselor.

If I begin my studies as a MPH@GW student, can I later switch to another Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University program?

Each student is expected to complete his or her degree within the program applied to for admission. If you are unsure if an MPH is the right degree for you, we encourage you to learn more about the Milken Institute SPH’s Executive Master of Health Administration program . Speak with your Admissions Counselor to learn more about this degree.

What are the language requirements for non-native English speakers?

The TOEFL requirement for non-native English candidates is 100. We also accept the IELTS with an overall score of 7, with no individual band score under 6. Language Proficiency and International Testing Requirement. If you have additional questions about the testing requirements, contact the admissions team at admissions@publichealthonline.gwu.edu.

Can I apply to the MPH@GW completely online?

Yes. The MPH@GW application is entirely online and includes all of your personal information, contact information for those providing recommendations and payment of your application fee. You will be required to mail in official copies of all undergraduate and graduate credit-bearing transcripts.

If admitted to MPH@GW, can I defer my start date?

Please contact an MPH@GW Admissions Counselor at admissions@publichealthonline.gwu.edu to discuss flexible matriculation options.

Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to applicationservices@publichealthonline.gwu.edu or select MPH@GW – Online Program if listed as an option through a vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

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Questions About Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

What are the tuition and fees for MPH@GW? 

MPH@GW students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, and the current rate of tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $1,660 per credit. You are required to complete 45 credits to earn your Master of Public Health through the MPH@GW program, totaling $74,700 under current tuition rates. Please keep in mind that this is only an estimate, as GW tuition rates are re-evaluated each year.

How does employer reimbursement work?

Employer reimbursement is typically contingent upon academic performance. If you are receiving reimbursement from your employer, you are responsible for paying the balance in full by the established billing date for each semester. GW will not defer tuition payments for students with pending employer reimbursement. If payment is not received by the due date, late payment fees, finance charges and administrative holds will be applied. Employers often request an itemized statement displaying the student’s cost per course. The Student Account eBill does not include the itemized costs per course. Should you require an itemized statement, please fill out the Itemized Statement Request Form. Allow three to five business days for processing.

I am not using financial aid. How can I pay my bill?

The accepted forms of payments are electronic checks, credit cards or paper checks. The GW Student Accounts Office provides an option to pay tuition in monthly payments, with fixed due dates for each term. Read more about monthly payment plans here.

Can I use financial aid to pay my deposit?

Students will not be able to use financial aid to pay their deposit.

Are there any payment plans available for my deposit?

There are no payment plans available for the enrollment deposit.

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The FAFSA

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the Department of Education’s application for determining a student’s eligibility for federal student aid.

Where can I find the FAFSA?

You can complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is a free application. If you are asked to pay a fee to complete the application, you are on the wrong website.

Do I need my parents’ tax information to complete the FAFSA if I live on my own?

If you are applying to graduate school, you do not need your parents’ financial information to complete the FAFSA.

When is the earliest I can complete the FAFSA?

Each year the updated FAFSA is available October 1. Your term of entry will determine which FAFSA should be completed to request federal student aid for your first semester. Students are responsible for completing the required FAFSA (as indicated below) for each semester they will request federal student aid.

  • Spring 2018: 2017-2018 FAFSA
  • Summer 2018: 2017-2018 FAFSA (must be received by GW by June 30, 2018)
  • Fall 2018: 2018- 2019 FAFSA
  • Spring 2019: 2018 – 2019 FAFSA

What types of federal student aid are available to graduate students?

The most common forms of federal student aid available to graduate students in GW Public Health Online programs are the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Direct PLUS Loan.

Will I need to fill out the FAFSA each year?

Yes, the required FAFSA needs to be completed for each term federal student aid is requested. See the chart above for more information.

Why am I not eligible for the Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loans?

Current Department of Education regulations restrict use of the Federal Pell Grant and Direct Subsidized Loan to students pursuing degrees at the undergraduate level.

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Direct Unsubsidized Loans

What is the difference between an unsubsidized loan and a subsidized loan?

Direct Subsidized Loans are only available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. The federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled at least half time and during the six-month grace period. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. Learn more at studentaid.ed.gov.

What is the aggregate loan limit?

The aggregate loan limit determines the total amount of outstanding debt from select federal student loan programs a student can maintain and remain eligible for new loans under those programs. The current aggregate loan limit applicable to students in most MPH programs at GW is $224,000.00 which includes certain federal loans received for undergraduate study. Learn more about aggregate loan amounts here. There is currently no lifetime borrowing limit on Graduate PLUS loan funding.

How do I find out if I am near my aggregate loan limit?

You can go to NSLDS.ed.gov to view your federal student loan borrowing history.

What is the current interest rate?

The current interest rate for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 6.60 percent. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for more information.

Do I have to make payments on the balance of my federal student loans while I’m in school?

You are not required to pay your federal student loans while you are enrolled on a part-time basis. You can contact your loan service provider if you wish to make monthly payments toward the balance of outstanding federal student loans or interest-only payments. You should contact your loan service provider to confirm repayment obligations any time you drop below part-time enrollment, including graduation and any periods of leave of absence.

What criteria is used to determine eligibility?

Some initial requirements for federal student aid eligibility are listed below. Other criteria may be applicable and the GW aid office will request additional information as needed to certify your eligibility based on the results of your FAFSA. To apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid SSN
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you’re male (age 18 through 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half time in an eligible program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit
  • Title IV graduate student loans are not income dependent. Learn more about student eligibility criteria here.

Are there any additional fees for borrowing unsubsidized loan funds?

Yes, there is a loan origination fee on unsubsidized loans currently set at 1.062 percent. This loan origination fee is a percentage of the total loan amount. This fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive.

What if I am in default or have defaulted on a prior federal student loan?

Review your loan history at NSLDS.ed.gov and contact your loan service provider for details on how to clear the default.

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Direct PLUS Loans

What is a Direct PLUS Loan?

Direct PLUS Loans are federal student loans that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay for education expenses. Learn about Direct PLUS Loans here.

How do I apply for a Direct PLUS Loan?

To apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed the FAFSA, you can apply for the Direct PLUS Loan by completing the credit application at studentloans.gov.

What is the credit criteria for the Direct PLUS Loan?

To qualify for a Direct PLUS Loan, applicants may not have an adverse credit history. A credit check is performed to determine whether applicants meet this requirement. A list of what is considered adverse credit history can be found here.

How much can I borrow with the Direct PLUS loan?

If approved for a Direct PLUS loan, you can borrow up to the difference between the cost of attendance for your program (as determined by the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance) and any other aid resources you are receiving.

What is the current interest rate?

The current interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is 7.60 percent.

Do Direct PLUS Loans affect aggregate loan limit?

No. Only Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans are used to calculate your aggregate loan amount.

When do I have to repay my Direct PLUS Loan?

Your Direct PLUS loan will go into repayment immediately after you graduate, withdraw from the program or fall below half-time status. You are not required to pay your student loans while you are enrolled at a minimum of half-time status as certified by GW. Students should consult with their loan service provider for definitive information on when payments are required.

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Military Benefits

How do I apply for military benefits?

If you are eligible to apply for military education benefits, visit the Veterans Affairs website and complete the Educational Benefits Application Process.

Do I need to do anything in addition to completing the Educational Benefits Application Process?

You need to present GW with an updated Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which will be mailed to you within six to eight weeks of successfully completing your Educational Benefits Application Process  You also need to follow the VALOR Student Services Checklist, and complete steps one through seven at the minimum.

What is the national maximum per academic year for private schools?

The national maximum for private schools is $22,805.34 for the 2017–2018 academic year. More information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill education and training rates can be found here.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) is a matching program between the university/college and Veterans Affairs. Members must be not on active duty or the transfer spouse of someone on active duty and must be 100 percent eligible to receive the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit. Learn more about YRP here.

Am I eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits?

You may be eligible if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill here.

Who do I contact with questions about my benefits at GW?

VALOR Student Services
202-994-9570
vetserve@gwu.edu
https://services.military.gwu.edu/

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GW Financial Aid

Can I use loans to cover expenses beyond tuition (housing, books, living expenses, etc.)?

Yes. A sample estimated cost of attendance for a 9 month period of study at GWSPH is available at https://publichealth.gwu.edu/content/cost-attendance

Are there any scholarships available for this program?

MPH@GW awards both merit-based scholarships and partner organization benefits to outstanding students whose professional and academic achievements set them apart as leaders in the field.

What is the minimum number of credits required to received federal student aid?

You need to be taking at least 4.5 credits per semester (Fall and Spring) and at least 3 credits for the Summer semester.

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HealthInformatics@GW

General Questions About HealthInformatics@GW

Questions About HealthInformatics@GW Admissions

Questions About Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

The FAFSA

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct PLUS Loans

Military Benefits

GW Financial Aid

General Questions About HealthInformatics@GW

Who will my classmates be?

HealthInformatics@GW students are professionals with diverse educational and professional backgrounds from across the country. Your HealthInformatics@GW classmates have at least three or more years of experience in the fields of health, Information Technology (IT), data or analytics and bring their diverse perspectives to the virtual boardroom setting.

We look for candidates with strong professional and academic backgrounds who can thrive in GW’s collaborative online environment. We uphold the same rigorous admissions standards as our on-campus programs.

Are there any required campus visits?

HealthInformatics@GW students will travel to GW’s campus twice during the program to participate in immersions. GW’s campus is located in Washington, D.C.

As members of the George Washington University family, HealthInformatics@GW graduates are welcome to participate in the on-campus commencement ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

When will classes begin?

Traditionally, classes start in January, April, July and October. Please refer to the Applying to HealthInformatics@GW chart to see scheduled program start dates.

How long will it take to complete the HealthInformatics@GW

HealthInformatics@GW students can graduate in as little as two years but have up to four years to complete the degree.

Is HealthInformatics@GW delivered completely online?

The majority of class sessions and coursework will be completed online. Students will be required to attend two immersions on GW’s campus in Washington, D.C.

Will my course schedule be flexible?

You will be required to attend weekly live, online classes, and you will complete coursework and assignments when your schedule allows, by specified deadlines.

What is the program’s curriculum?

The HealthInformatics@GW curriculum is designed to provide leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to solve complex health care problems and tackle global health challenges by using and analyzing big data. The 10-week-long online modules concentrate on eight core content areas, covering business and medical informatics training, knowledge of health care systems, law and policy, critical decision-making skills and more.

What can I expect from my courses?

Each course is designed and delivered by GW faculty and requires:

  • Preparation outside of class, including group work and assignments that may include readings, projects and papers.
  • Attendance in weekly live classes, which may include discussions, role-plays and breakout groups.

How much time should I expect to be in class?

The HealthInformatics@GW academic year is broken into four 10-week modules. All classes meet for 10 full weeks, and you should expect to spend about 120 minutes in each live class session per week. Students should also expect to dedicate time to studying, preparation and completing self-paced coursework outside of the live sessions.

What type of career support can I expect as a HealthInformatics@GW student?

You will have access to the Milken Institute Student and Alumni Career Advising Group, which offers a range of services and resources to aid students. Some of these services include guidance on job-search strategies, resume review and mock interviews. You will have access to an extensive job database and the GW Career Advisor Network, an online directory of GW alumni who offer career strategy assistance to other alumni and current students.

Will my diploma denote that I took classes online?

Your diploma will not state that you took classes in an online format. As a member of the George Washington University family, you will be invited to participate in GW’s on-campus commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Is the HealthInformatics@GW program accredited?

The online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program, HealthInformatics@GW, is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Questions About HealthInformatics@GW Admissions

What are the requirements for admission?

HealthInformatics@GW candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher learning institution and have completed an undergraduate course in accounting and an introductory course in statistics. Applicants must also have a minimum of three years of clinical or administrative experience in the health care sector or in a data, IT, or analytics field and be currently employed by a related organization. Visit our application requirements page for a complete list of what you must submit to complete an application.

What is required for the application?

For your HealthInformatics@GW application to be considered complete, you must submit the following:

  • The HealthInformatics@GW online application
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions of undergraduate, graduate and professional study
  • Brief video interview
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts
  • Certified English evaluation of all international transcripts, even if the transcript is in English (Recommended service: World Education Services Inc.)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Application fee

Is work experience required?

All HealthInformatics@GW students must have a minimum of three years of clinical or administrative experience in the health care sector or a data, IT or analytics field and be currently employed by a related organization.

Is an undergraduate degree required?

Yes. You must hold a bachelor’s degree. Generally, a bachelor’s degree is a four-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer three-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor’s degree upon completion of a three-year undergraduate program, you are eligible to apply to our program.

Do I have to take a graduate exam to apply to HealthInformatics@GW?

Test scores are not required for admission to the HealthInformatics@GW program.

Is an interview required?

Yes. We require a brief video interview with an Admissions Counselor.

Are there any prerequisite courses?

HealthInformatics@GW candidates must have completed an undergraduate course in accounting and an introductory course in statistics.

Do you accept transfer credits?

Yes. Credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis. If approved, the maximum number of graduate-level credits that may be transferred is 12. Restrictions include:

  • You must have earned at least a B in the course.
  • The course must have been completed in the last three years.
  • The course may not have counted toward any other degree program.

If you have further questions, please speak to your Admissions Counselor.

If I begin my studies as a HealthInformatics@GW student, can I later switch to another Milken Institute School of Public Health program at the George Washington University?

Each student is expected to complete his or her degree within the program applied to for admission. If you are unsure if a Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics is the right degree for you, we encourage you to learn more about our other online degree options. Speak with your Admissions Counselor to learn more about this degree.

What are the language requirements for non-native English speakers?

We require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 for non-native English-speaking candidates. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 7, with no individual band score under 6. For more information, visit our Language Proficiency and International Testing Requirement page. If you have additional questions about the testing requirements, contact the admissions team at admissions@publichealthonline.gwu.edu. .

Can I apply to the HealthInformatics@GW program completely online?

Yes. The HealthInformatics@GW application is entirely online and includes all of your personal information, contact information for those providing recommendations, and payment of your application fee. You will be required to mail in official copies of all undergraduate and graduate credit-bearing transcripts. Learn more about the admissions process.

If admitted to HealthInformatics@GW, can I defer my start date?

Please contact a HealthInformatics@GW Admissions Counselor at admissions@publichealthonline.gwu.edu to discuss flexible matriculation options.

Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to applicationservices@publichealthonline.gwu.edu or select “HealthInformatics@GW — Online Program” if listed as an option through a vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

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Questions About Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

What are the tuition and fees for HealthInformatics@GW?

HealthInformatics@GW students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, and the current rate of tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $1,710 per credit. You are required to complete 45 credits to earn your Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics through the HealthInformatics@GW program, totaling $76,950 under current tuition rates. Please keep in mind that GW tuition rates are re-evaluated each year.

How does employer reimbursement work?

Employer reimbursement is typically contingent upon academic performance. If you are receiving reimbursement from your employer, you are responsible for paying the balance in full by the established billing date for each semester. GW will not defer tuition payments for students with pending employer reimbursement. If payment is not received by the due date, late payment fees, finance charges and administrative holds will be applied. Employers often request an itemized statement displaying the student’s cost per course. The Student Account eBill does not include the itemized costs per course. Should you require an itemized statement, please fill out the Itemized Statement Request Form. Allow three to five business days for processing.

I am not using financial aid.  How can I pay my bill?

The accepted forms of payments are electronic checks, credit cards or paper checks. The GW Student Accounts Office provides an option to pay tuition in monthly payments, with fixed due dates for each term. Read more about monthly payment plans here.

Can I use financial aid to pay my deposit?

Students will not be able to use financial aid to pay their deposit.

Are there any payment plans available for my deposit?

There are no payment plans available for the enrollment deposit.

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The FAFSA

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the Department of Education’s application for determining a student’s eligibility for federal student aid.

Where can I find the FAFSA?

You can complete the FAFSA  online at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is a free application. If you are asked to pay a fee to complete the application, you are on the wrong website.

Do I need my parents’ tax information to complete the FAFSA if I live on my own?

If you are applying to graduate school, you do not need your parents’ financial information to complete the FAFSA.

When is the earliest I can complete the FAFSA?

Each year the updated FAFSA is available October 1. Your term of entry will determine which FAFSA should be completed to request federal student aid for your first semester. Students are responsible for completing the required FAFSA (as indicated below) for each semester they will request federal student aid.

  • Spring 2018: 2017–2018 FAFSA
  • Summer 2018: 2017–2018 FAFSA (must be received by GW by June 30, 2018)
  • Fall 2018: 2018–2019 FAFSA
  • Spring 2019: 2018–2019 FAFSA

What types of federal student aid are available to graduate students?

The most common forms of federal student aid available to graduate students in GW Public Health Online programs are the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Direct PLUS Loan.

Will I need to fill out the FAFSA each year?

Yes, the required FAFSA needs to be completed for each term federal student aid is requested. See the chart above for more information.

Why am I not eligible for the Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loans?

Current Department of Education regulations restrict use of the Federal Pell Grant and Direct Subsidized Loan to students pursuing degrees at the undergraduate level.

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Direct Unsubsidized Loans

What is the difference between an unsubsidized loan and a subsidized loan?

Direct Subsidized Loans are only available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. The federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled at least half time and during the six-month grace period. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. Learn more at studentaid.ed.gov.

What is the aggregate loan limit?

The aggregate loan limit determines the total amount of outstanding debt from select federal student loan programs a student can maintain and remain eligible for new loans under those programs. The current aggregate loan limit applicable to students enrolled in the MHI at GW degree program is $138,500.00 which includes certain federal loans received for undergraduate study. Learn more about aggregate loan amounts here. There is currently no lifetime borrowing limit on Graduate PLUS loan funding.

How do I find out if I am near my aggregate loan limit?

You can go to NSLDS.ed.gov to view your federal student loan borrowing history.

What is the current interest rate?

The current interest rate for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 6.60 percent. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for more information.

Do I have to make payments on the balance of my federal student loans while I’m in school?

You are not required to pay your federal student loans while you are enrolled on a part-time basis. You can contact your loan service provider if you wish to make monthly payments toward the balance of outstanding federal student loans or interest-only payments. You should contact your loan service provider to confirm repayment obligations any time you drop below part-time enrollment, including graduation and any periods of leave of absence.

What criteria is used to determine eligibility?

Some initial requirements for federal student aid eligibility are listed below. Other criteria may be applicable and the GW aid office will request additional information as needed to certify your eligibility based on the results of your FAFSA. To apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid SSN
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you’re male (age 18 through 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half time in an eligible program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit
  • Title IV graduate student loans are not income dependent. Learn more about student eligibility criteria here.

Are there any fees for borrowing unsubsidized loan funds?

Yes, there is a loan origination fee on unsubsidized loans currently set at 1.062 percent. This loan origination fee is a percentage of the total loan amount. This fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive.

What if I am in default or have defaulted on a prior federal student loan?

Review your loan history at NSLDS.ed.gov and contact your loan service provider for details on how to clear the default.

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Direct PLUS Loans

What is a Direct PLUS Loan?

Direct PLUS Loans are federal student loans that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay for education expenses. Learn about Direct PLUS Loans here.

How do I apply for a Direct PLUS Loan?

To apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed the FAFSA, you can apply for the Direct PLUS Loan by completing the credit application at studentloans.gov.

What is the credit criteria for the Direct PLUS Loan?

To qualify for a Direct PLUS Loan, applicants may not have an adverse credit history. A credit check is performed to determine whether applicants meet this requirement. A list of what is considered adverse credit history can be found here

How much can I borrow with the Direct PLUS loan?

If approved for a Direct PLUS loan, you can borrow up to the difference between the cost of attendance for your program (as determined by the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance) and any other aid resources you are receiving.

What is the current interest rate?

The current interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is 7.60 percent.

Do Direct PLUS Loans affect aggregate loan limit?

No. Only Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans are used to calculate your aggregate loan amount.

When do I have to repay my Direct PLUS Loan?

Your Direct PLUS loan will go into repayment immediately after you graduate, withdraw from the program or fall below half-time status. You are not required to pay your student loans while you are enrolled at a minimum of half-time status as certified by GW. Students should consult with their loan service provider for definitive information on when payments are required.

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Military Benefits

How do I apply for military benefits?

If you are eligible to apply for military education benefits, visit the Veteran’s Affairs web site and complete the Educational Benefits Application Process.

Do I need to do anything in addition to completing the Educational Benefits Application Process?

You need to present GW with an updated Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which will be mailed to you within six to eight weeks of successfully completing your Educational Benefits Application. You also need to follow the VALOR Student Services Checklist, and complete steps one through seven at the minimum.

What is the national maximum per academic year for private schools?

The national maximum tuition and fee reimbursement rate for private schools is up to $22,805.34 for the 2017-2018 academic year. More information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill education and training rates can be found here.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) is a matching program between the university/college and Veterans Affairs. Members must be not on active duty or the transfer spouse of someone on active duty and must be 100 percent eligible to receive the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit. Learn more about YRP here.

Am I eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits?

You may be eligible if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill here.

Who do I contact with questions about my benefits at GW?

VALOR Student Services
202-994-9570
vetserve@gwu.edu
https://services.military.gwu.edu/

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GW Financial Aid

Can I use loans to cover expenses beyond tuition (housing, books, living expenses, etc.)?

Yes. A sample estimated cost of attendance for a 9 month period of study at GWSPH is available at https://publichealth.gwu.edu/content/cost-attendance.

Are there any scholarships available for this program?

HealthInformatics@GW awards both merit-based scholarships and partner organization benefits to outstanding students whose professional and academic achievements set them apart as leaders in the field.

What is the minimum number of credits required for graduate students to receive federal student aid?

You need to be taking at least 4.5 credits per semester (Fall and Spring) and at least 3 credits for the Summer semester.

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